The Raid on Harpers Ferry: John Brown's Rebellion

The Raid on Harpers Ferry: John Brown's Rebellion

by Samuel Willard Crompton


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In October 1859, after months of careful preparation, abolitionist John Brown led a group of 22 men into action. They believed that a violent rebellion was the only way to bring down slavery's hold on the South, and that they would be the ones to ignite the revolt. Brown had decided to seize Harpers Ferry, the foremost arsenal south of the Mason-Dixon Line, but things did not go as planned. After Brown and his men gained control of the stash of weapons, the massive uprising did not occur, and they were soon captured and eventually found guilty of treason. While their boldness made them heroes to some, their violence incensed many others and deepened the divide between the abolitionist North and the slaveholding South. In The Raid on Harpers Ferry: John Brown's Rebellion, learn how one man's actions affected the entire nation and set the country on the path to the Civil War.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781604136784
Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
Publication date: 02/01/2010
Series: Milestones in American History Series
Pages: 136
Product dimensions: 6.70(w) x 9.40(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

Table of Contents

1 George Washington's Sword 1

2 The Ferry 8

3 The Bleeding Prairie 23

4 The Concord Connection 36

5 Good Abolitionist Horses 47

6 Striking the First Blow 58

7 Reaping the Whirlwind 69

8 The Power of Words 78

9 Brown's Last Days 91

10 The Power of Song 101

Chronology 109

Notes 114

Bibliography 116

Further Reading 118

Index 121

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